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Rockin’ Teen Poetry Contest (ages 13-18)

April 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - April 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


The Round Rock Public Library is accepting entries to the Rockin’ Teen Poetry Contest (ages 13-18) . Young writers, ages 13-18, may submit an original poem. The contest will be open from Thursday, April 1, 2021, to Friday, April 30, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

Writing contest prizes:

  • The writers of the top three poems will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card: 1st place $30, 2nd place $20, and 3rd place $10.
  • All poem entries will be turned into a book that will become part of the Round Rock Public Library’s local author collection for children.

Contest guidelines:

  • Writers may enter one original poem.
  • The poem must be a maximum of 500 words, no more. There is no required minimum word. Please do not send pictures or graphics with your poem.  We are not able to include them in the book. 
  • Writers must be ages 13-18.
  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Entries (both digital and mailed) must be received before 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2021.
  • Entries must include the writer’s name, parent or guardian’s name, age, e-mail address, phone number, and the poem title.
  • Entries submitted that do not meet the contest guidelines will be disqualified. 

How to enter the contest: 

  • Read the contest guidelines. 
  • Write your poem!
  • The Teen Advisory Board will vote on the top three poems. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 21, 2021.
  • Digital Submission: Save your story in a Word document or in a plain text file.  Attach the file and email it to: Jane Dance at jdance@roundrocktexas.gov.
  • Mail-in Submission: All mailed in poems will be the property of the library and not returned.  Please mail a copy if you would like to keep the original story.  Mail the submission to: Round Rock Public Library, Attention: Jane Dance, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, Texas, 78664.

2020 Writing Contest:


Please contact  Jane Dance at jdance@roundrocktexas.gov or 512-218-7012


April 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am
April 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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Round Rock Public Library
216 E. Main St.
Round Rock, TX 78664 United States
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